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New York City is Hosting 2016 Wine and Food Festival to Support Food Bank and No Kid Hungry Charitable Organizations

 

 

The 2016 New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) is coming to the city on October 13th. Foodies and wine tasters prepare yourselves for the time of your lives being entertained and educated at the four-day national event. World famous chefs, wine producers, television personalities, and culinary professionals will be attending the annual festival. Patrons can look forward to tasting over 100 wineries producers from Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, as well as attending intimate dinners and cooking classes events. According to Huffington Post, the proceeds from the festival will benefit the end hunger movement in NYC.

 

 

The festival is expected to host more than 500 chefs, culinary experts, wine producers, spirit producers, stars from Food Network, and entertainers. Famous chefs and restaurant owners, including Rachael Ray, Martha Steward, Bobby Flay, Carla Hall, Robert Irvin, Masaharu Morimot, Guy Fieri, and others are scheduled for quest appearances. Celebrities Whoopi Goldberg, Patti LaBelle and Neil Patrick are expected to appear at the NYCWFF. The celebration will comprise of food and wine tasting, parties, cooking demonstrations, and educational conferences. Approximately 100 events are hosted by the festival during the four-day event.

 

 

The New York City Wine and Food Festival is recognized as the largest food and wine festival in the city. This is the festival ninth year holding a national event that supports the no hunger campaign. The festival was first held in 2007 and one later, the director and founder launched the opening of NYCWFF. Since its founding, the festival foundation has raised $9.5 million to help fight hunger in New York City neighborhoods. All proceeds generated from the festivals goes to the No Kid Hungry and NYC Food Bank non-profit organizations.

 

 

Get ready for an experience filled with talent, entertainment, and American favorite food tastings. Meet some of Food Network television stars, world famous chefs, television personalities, and celebrities. Patrons have the opportunity to eat and drink and at the same time help put an end to hunger in New York City. Tickets to attend various events range from $10 up to $400. Out of 100 events, 23 events have already sold out of tickets.

New York City Has Become an Attraction for Hosting Big Musical Festivals

Large Musical Festivals held in NYC declined in past years and made its way during 2014 until 2016. New York City is the most populated metropolitan city in the world and is known as the major attraction for hosting music and dance events. From June through August 2016, the city has hosted many musical festivals, including the Governors Ball, Electric Daisy Carnival, Global Citizen, and Panorama, which attracted over 10,000 patrons. Electric music lovers are preparing themselves for the upcoming 2016 Electric Zoo Festival, scheduled during the Labor Day weekend, beginning September 2nd and ending on September 4th. This huge event will happen in Randall Island Park and feature electronic dance & music and known & underground artists.

 

 

Forbes announced in June 2016 that the Meadows Music & Arts Festival is hosting an October 2016 Event, featuring The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, and Kanye West, in Queens. The Meadows Music & Arts and Electric Zoo Festivals are the most recent big events in NYC. The city is home for many famous hip hop, Latin, jazz and punk artists, and is the dance capital of the nation. Tens of thousands of patrons filled fields in parks, including Central to enjoy the beautiful weather, dance and music.

 

 

Central Park Summer Stage Festival began in June and ends September 23rd, 2016. Events are held particularly every day, including free & paid live concerts, theater, ballet, opera, dance parties and poetry. This Labor Day weekend, starting Friday through Sunday will include three days of live performances and dance. Tickets to these events are available online, as well as to Meadows Music & Arts Festival.

 

 

The rise in large musical festivals in New York City continues, causing the city to monitor accessibility to places to hold such events. Festivals are popping up all over the city in Richmond, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens counties. Can NYC meet the demand for musical festivals? Time will tell beginning 2017 when companies, such a Founders Entertainment start planning and scheduling events.

 

 

Artists, concert followers, and the entertainment industry are looking forward to festival shows in New York City. Artists and entertainment companies are financially relying on large festivals to generate revenue, while concert goers are searching for free and cost efficient tickets. NYC is welcoming festivities to keep the economy stable.

 

New York City Group Urging Transit Authorities To Lower Metro Fares

New Yorkers have a major concern right now, the growing cost of public transportation fares. There’s been some hard times for people who are barely able to pay their monthly rent and put food on the table, and in a place where using public transportation is very necessary to getting around, it adds in another cost to many families. Right now, the average cost for a metro card monthly pass is about $116, and added to the current base fare costs of buses, and toll tunnels and bridges that are increasing every two years, it’s no wonder advocacy groups are demanding changes to these costs.

 

The organization spearheading this transportation fare reform effort is Community Service Society of New York, led by David Jones. Jones is urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to consider changes in the city’s annual budget that could address these rising costs. What this group is looking for is an income-based fare with rates that are adjusted for lower income families and individuals, while those who can afford the regular rates continue to do so. It’s actually not a new idea as some cities like Seattle are already using a similar program for their public transportation. But while it’s been a success in some cities, the size and cost of transportation infrastructure in New York presents a real challenge to this.

 

According to the Community Service society, they estimate that implementing this program would account for about $194 million in annual lost revenue, but believe that there are ways the city could compensate for that. However, even bringing this program about would cost a lot, and the city’s transportation commission has been struggling to garner revenue as it is. Other areas that are being looked at right now include City Ticket, a program that allows travelers discounts for metro rides if they put over $5.50 on their tickets, a cost that might get reduced. But also factoring into this is ongoing feuds between Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo over sharing the burden of transportation costs between the city and the state.

 

New York City Council Passes A New Parking Bill For Car-Share Vehicles

Parking spots in New York City are understated luxuries until someone needs one. Parking in New York City has always been a challenge. Sure, there are parking garages and parking lots all over the city, but who wants to pay as much for parking as they do for a dinner for two at a popular New York eatery? The answer is no one, but people do pay exorbitant rates to drive into the city. New York’s City Council is making the parking debacle more frustrating for some commuters. The City Council just passed a bill that will set aside three hundred parking spaces on local streets, and 300 more parking spaces in city lots for car-share companies. That’s right. Companies like Car2Go and Zipcar are part of a two-year pilot program.

 

 

The car-share program is designed to motivate commuters to leave their car at home and use a car-share company. For every car-share on the street, five to ten less fuel efficient cars are off the streets, according to an article published by nydailynews.com. City officials have not announced the location of these dedicated parking spaces, but the word on the street is, Washington Heights and Astoria are definite candidates.

 

 

The car-share technology makes sense for people that need a car a short period and don’t want to go through the hassle of renting a car or using their own car. Zipcar developed a painless process that gives people the opportunity to reserve a car for one hour or for a week. All a person needs to do that is use the mobile app or the Zipcard they receive in the mail after registering online. Zipcar patrons can take the car wherever they want in the time reserved, or they can extend the time they need the car using the mobile app. When the rental is over, a Zipcar can be dropped off in a designated parking space. Renters can lock the car using the app or the Zipcard.

 

 

Car-share companies are located in New York, LA, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Denver and Providence. A car-share membership cost about $70 a year and driving rates range from $8 to $10 an hour.

 

Trump Claims He Makes $21 Million From New York Contracts But Some Say That’s An Alternate Fact

Donald Trump is one of New York City’s most famous residents. But Trump is not just a resident. He’s a land and building baron. Right. Trump is a modern day rent lord that lives by the motto, “go big and never stop growing.” Trump’s New York City real estate holdings are impressive. But in usual Trump fashion, President Trump likes to embrace his assets with an assortment of complimentary adjectives and alternate facts. When Trump released 104 pages of a financial document last year, he listed income of $21 million from a Bronx golf course and two skating rinks in Central Park. Thanks to his public persona these days, several people wanted to know whether those Trumps financial claims were accurate. Most of Trump’s financial claims are unverified. He still hasn’t released his income tax returns. But according to salon.com, Trump claims he made $21 million on two lease contracts was inflated by more than half.

 

 

That information may not come as a surprise to Trump opponents. If Trump inflated his earning on a golf course and skating rink, his opponents say he inflated his claim that his assets are worth more than $11 billion. According to ProPublica, Trump likes to list gross receipts instead of net receipts. According to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Trump showed income from City leases of $20.8 million. But Trump did not list the corresponding expenses he had while operating those leases. Trump met the requirements of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, but some people looking into Trump’s financial disclosures say he did not reveal all the information needed to make an accurate assessment of his earnings.

 

 

Democrats and some Republicans are still calling for Trump to release his income tax returns. But Trump isn’t fazed by the requests. Trump has always been controversial, especially when it comes to reporting his earnings. Trump is wealthy. That fact is true. But the depth of his wealth is not as deep as he wants people to believe. On paper Trump is a billionaire, but in reality, he may only be worth hundreds of millions.

 

 

 

A Major Transportation Milestone That Will Rock New York City In 2017

New York is a city like no other. It is one of the busiest and highly advanced cities in the world, with towering skyscrapers built using modern technology. Being a current attraction site, New York City has had the privilege of hosting some of the best events ever to be recorded in history. In 2017 however, one particular event will shake this great city to its core.

 

In 2017, New York City plans on opening up its state of the art subway to members of the public. Having been built more than a century ago, the Second Avenue Subway will soon become a reality. When complete, this metro is projected to span a staggering thirteen and a half kilometers from Manhattan’s East Side to the 125th street so as to cover areas like Harlem.

 

The Avenue Subway construction project aims at offering transport services to more than two hundred thousand people every day. Presently, part of the Avenue Subway in New York City is operational. It has tried to integrate all sectors, so as to help boost the economy of New York City. On site are shops, restaurants and bank facilities all meant to make passengers have an easy time during travel.Also, the Avenue Subway is connected to the local road grid network making it easily accessible by bus. Therefore, many bus companies in New York City have formed partnerships with the subway so as to provide scheduled rides to and from this facility for travelers.

 

One of the things that make the Avenue Subway unique is the nature of artwork inscribed on its walls. Images outlined in these portraits include those of American icons, cultural figures, and even ordinary mosaics. It is a mega project constructed to ensure that traffic congestion is a thing of the past in New York City. Besides, the Avenue Subway will help reduce passenger traveler times since there is no traffic on train rails.

 

When complete, this project will inevitably transform the entire landscape of New York City. As a result, an excellent transport system will encourage economic stability in this region.

 

New York City’s Harlem Neighborhood Has A New Name

New York City’s Harlem neighborhood is the home of the famous Apollo Theater and several other well-known businesses. Just like other New York neighborhood, Harlem has gone through a series of ups and downs, over the last 20 years. But Harlem made a comeback. Old buildings are being renovated, and people of all ethnicities are moving in. The real estate business is on fire in Harlem, and because of the renewed interest, South Harlem has a new name. Realtors now called the area between 110th and 125th street, SOHA. Just like the area South of Houston Street is called SOHO, and the area north of Hudson Street is called NOHO, Harlem is now officially an acronym. Apartments in SOHO are selling for $600,000 and renting for more than $3,800 a month, according to an article published by nbcnewyork.com.

 

 

Not everyone is happy about the name change, however. Some real estate agents say the name change is disrespectful. Residents of the community also oppose the name. Residents say the name could ruin the culture of the neighborhood. Making Harlem an acronym is more of a trend than a compliment, according to some residents.

 

 

The New York City real estate business is famous for renaming areas of the city with acronyms. Real estate agents tried to rename one area of the Bronx, “The Piano District,” but that handle didn’t stick. But acronyms like BoCoCa the Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens area, and Rambo, which is the area “right around the Manhattan Bridge overpass,” and LoDel, the area below Delancey Street, are now part of New York’s real estate language.

 

 

The trend to rename certain areas in American cities is not a New York City exclusive. Other cities around the country are going through the same name changing experience. Nashville, Tennessee is one of the country’s fastest growing cities, and old downtown neighborhoods are being renamed because of the real estate boom. Parts of the city of Atlanta have new names, and California cities are notorious for having names for certain neighborhoods. Giving area in cities their own identity is a trend that is not going away.

 

 

 

New York City’s Waldorf Astoria to Undergo Renovations

The Waldorf Astoria is a New York City landmark that is nearly as well known as the Empire State Building or even the Statue of Liberty when it comes to New York monuments. Of course, the iconic building as it is now is really the “new” Astoria, which opened in 1931, after the original Waldorf Astoria was torn down to make way for the Empire State Building itself.

 

Now, under a Chinese company that purchased the property in 2015, the Waldorf will undergo a thorough renovation. The Waldorf Astoria is considered a New York City landmark, and that means that the exterior of the building, at least, is protected by law. Members of the Landmark Preservation Commission will vote to determine which portions of the interior will also be protected. Fan favorites include the marble “wheel of life” tiled in the main entrance and the lobby that displays a miniaturized Statue of Liberty atop a tower.

 

Tuesday was the Waldorf’s last night open before renovations begin, and many guests – regulars and newcomers alike – took the time to familiarize themselves with the location before it changes. The hotel will be closed for two to three years to complete the renovations, and, while plans haven’t been finalized, the changes are expected to be significant.

 

The Waldorf Astoria will continue to be a hotel, but not exclusively. The property will be remodeled so a portion of the rooms will function as private condominiums which the Chinese company will sell. While some fans have voiced concern about the landmark being held by foreign companies, most agree they’ll be happy to return when the doors open again.

New York Public Schools Make First Step to Improving Public School Lunches

Word has been spreading fast over the past few years over about the quality of school lunches that are being served to children in the United States. From local television programs to Hollywood documentaries by the likes of Michael Moore, increasing light is being shed on the unsatisfactory quality of these lunches. These public school lunches in the United States are ridiculed for being unhealthy and unappetizing. In fact, two-thirds or around 67% of students in middle school who eat school lunches on a regular basis are obese or overweight.

 

Taking note of these appalling numbers, the New York City Public School System has taken a step towards making public school lunches significantly more healthy. Kellogg, the giant cereal corporation, has been supplying the schools of New York City with cereal for years. However, they are now being replaced by a smaller California brand as the cereal choice for NYC public schools. Back to the Roots is a small company that focuses on producing healthier cereals that have proven to be lower in sodium and sugar while being higher in whole grain than their Kellogg counterparts.

 

Following a taste-test by students, the public schools of New York City decided to go with this company instead of remaining with Kellogg. Although this change only impacts a small portion of the overall lunch menu, it is a big step in the direction of providing healthier school lunches for children. New York represents the largest school system within the United States. If any precedent is to be set by a public school system, New York City would be the place to originate the idea and catalyst.

 

With millions of children across the United States relying upon school lunches, it is the responsibility of the school systems to provide students with meals that are nutritious and healthy. When instead the meals are high in saturated fats and sugars, this is adding yet another problem to the growing obesity issue in the United States. This recent move by New York City is a great push towards introducing a healthier alternative to the current types of meals served in school.

 

Breakfast Cereal Titan Kellogg Is Replaced In New York City’s Public Schools By An Eight-Year-Old Breakfast Startup

Kellogg has been in the cereal making business for decades. Breakfast cereals have always been a mainstay in the American diet, even though they are heavily laced with sugar. Kids and parents buy Kellogg, General Mills, and Post products because they are quick alternatives to fixing a healthy meal in the morning. Even the New York public school system provided Kellogg and other conventional cereals on their free lunch menu, but New York has finally been struck with the less sugar, less sodium bug. Kellogg products are being replaced by Back to the Roots products, according to an article published by the New York Times.

 

 

Back to the Roots is an Oakland-based cereal maker that offers low sugar, low sodium, and a higher concentration of whole grains in their products. The company has been trying to get New York City public schools on their customer list for more than a year. When Kellogg discontinued two Kashi products from the public school menu, the school system decided to replace them with Back to the Roots cereal. The reason was obvious. Back to the Roots cereals contain organic ingredients, and they have more nutritional value. More than 245,000 students in New York public schools now have a choice. There are two Back to the Roots nutritional cereals on the menu along with cereals from Post, Kellogg, and General Mills.

 

 

The difference between one Back to the Roots cereal called Cinnamon Clusters and Kellogg Frosted Mini-Wheats is eye-opening. Cinnamon Clusters have half the sugar and four-fifths as many calories. It is certified organic and has no preservatives or added vitamins. The public school system in New York is under pressure to reduce costs as well as add natural products to the menu and Back to the Roots products help achieve that goal.

 

 

Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act seven years ago. The New York City school system switch to Back to the Roots is the first significant change in the school meal program since then. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids law updated nutritional guidelines that school districts must meet in order to qualify for federal subsidies. Schools are also required to ban candy, soda, and other junk food from their menus.